Mr Green’s says yes to plastic and polystyrene

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Mr Green swells the landfill this week with polystyrene and plastic

Mr Green swells the landfill this week with polystyrene and plastic

Picture the scene: You’re walking around a supermarket with an empty tummy and rapidly filling trolley.

Not the best scenario to be in for getting out of the shop without going over the floor limit is it?

The other day, Mr Green and I were perusing the aisles of our local Co-op when my beloved man was struck by what we fondly call a ‘green moment’.

It’s when his blood sugar plummets, along with his mood and his face becomes a whiter shade of green.

I have about 5 minutes to rescue him before he turns into the incredible Hulk, ranting and raving, driving the trolley into displays, deliberately wheeling over my toes and getting generally a bit ‘arsey’.

Well, at least we were in the best place for it and not in the middle of nowhere with only a few berries and nuts to forage for.

“Go and grab and apple or banana” I said helpfully.

But Mr Green was beyond green and healthy stuff; he was having a “meat ‘n’ comfort food” craving.

Finding ourselves without any containers (because I hadn’t planned a visit to the deli counter) he sauntered off to the ‘reduced’ section of the chiller cabinets to see what he could find.

And there, nestling amongst the unloved coleslaw and sad looking quiches he found his trophy prize: A huge slice of gala pie, lovingly sliced by hand by one of the ladies on the deli counter.

I didn’t dare mention the glaring fact that it was on a polystyrene tray which was then wrapped in clingfilm. There are times to be an eco warrior and there are times to be a supportive wife and keep your opinions to yourself. This was definitely a time for the latter.

Back at the car, he hungrily tore into his packaging to find the pie was wrapped in 3 miles of cling film anyway.


Ever Mr Green muttered something about it being unnecessary to THEN stick the whole lot in a polystyrene tray.

At least I think that’s what he said; he had his mouth full of pie …


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I am a long time supporter of the Green and Sustainable lifestyle. After being caught in the Boscastle floods in 2004, our family begun a journey to respect and promote the importance of Earth's fragile ecosystem, that focussed on reducing waste. Inspired by the beauty and resourcefulness of this wonderful planet, I have published numerous magazine articles on green issues and the author of four books.

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  1. That is one of those needs must moments and can’t always be avoided, and health comes before anything in the long run.

  2. Lisa says:

    hehe cute story. I have a husband that does that kind of thing. I agree that it’s best to turn off the eco part at that point. 🙂

  3. Sarah says:

    Ah but it’s all about balance isn’t it? Considering how much you do and how much difference you make then the odd lapse is forgiveable, as long as it doesn’t become a habit and knowing you, it won’t.

  4. Mrs Green says:

    @maisie dalziel: You’re right Maisie. The polystyrene was salvaged by Little Miss Blue Peter anyway; I have no idea what her plans are!

    @Lisa: Hi Lisa, yep needs must. He’s brilliant 99% of the time, so I can’t complain. In fact I think he’s better than me most of the time.

    @Sarah: Thank you for the vote of confidence. Haven’t seen you for a while; how are you?

  5. Sarah says:

    We’re fine thanks, just spent a couple of weeks dealing with a series of chicken issues but I think it’s all settled down now.

  6. Mrs Green says:

    🙁 Hope all is well with your feathered friends now

  7. Sarah says:

    Seems so, thanks Mrs Green. Our one remaining ex battery hen had a trip to the vets for a toe amputation but it’s healed over well and she’s scratching about with no problems. It took her a day or two to perch again but she’s back on there at nights now. She was alone again while that was going on because the hen we were sold as a hen turned out to be a cockerel and very very noisy at 5.30 am….. So he got rehomed and we have a replacement who is behaving exactly as a hen should and is a friend for the ex-battery hen. The new one is a pure breed cuckoo marans hen and she’s lovely, but not quite laying yet. She’s showing all the right signs though so it shouldn’t be long and once that happens then we’ll be off to the farm for another pair to bring us up to 4 all together and then we can stop and just enjoy them.

    Then we had a pair of chicks here too at one point but one was clearly growing into a cockerel so he needed rehoming and the female had to go back to her proper owner…. It all got very complicated and involved a break in and a police visit at one point – which has resulted in a need to fix a padlock to the chicken run. Madness.

  8. Mrs Green says:

    @Sarah: Oh my goodness, it sounds like a soap opera over there. I’m glad things are settling down now 🙂

  9. Sarah says:

    @Mrs Green: It’s been more mad than usual for sure…

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